How popular is the baby name Laraine in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Laraine.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Laraine


Posts that Mention the Name Laraine

Inconspicuous anagram baby names: Blake/Kaleb, Hale/Leah

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I recently updated my old anagram baby names post to make it much more comprehensive. As I worked on it, though, I noticed that many of those sets of names had obvious similarities, such as the same first letters and/or the same rhythm.

So I thought I’d make a second, shorter list of anagram names that were less conspicuously similar. Specifically, I wanted the second list to feature sets of names with different first letters and different numbers of syllables.

And that’s what you’ll find below — pairs of anagram names that are relatively distinct from one another. So much so that, at first glance (or listen), some might not even strike you as being anagrammatic at all. :)

Click on any name to check out its popularity graph…

Most of the names above have a clear number of syllables, but a few do not. (I categorized them according to my own interpretation/accent.) So, if you’re interested in using any of these pairings, just remember to test the names out loud first!

Which of the pairs above do you like best?

Where did the baby name Maeve come from?

Poster for the movie "My Son, My Son!" (1940).

Maeve is an Anglicized form of the ancient Gaelic name Medb, meaning “intoxicating.” It wasn’t widely used in the U.S. until it got three distinct boosts from popular culture.

The movie My Son My Son! (1940), which featured a character named Maeve O’Riorden (played by Laraine Day), put the name on the map:

  • 1942: unlisted
  • 1941: 10 baby girls named Maeve
  • 1940: 8 baby girls named Maeve [debut]
  • 1939: unlisted
  • 1938: unlisted

It didn’t really pick up steam, though, until the soap opera Ryan’s Hope (1975-1989) gave it exposure via the character Maeve Ryan (played by Helen Gallagher):

  • 1989: 52 baby girls named Maeve
  • 1988: 56 baby girls named Maeve
  • 1987: 41 baby girls named Maeve
  • 1986: 45 baby girls named Maeve
  • 1985: 32 baby girls named Maeve
  • 1984: 30 baby girls named Maeve
  • 1983: 23 baby girls named Maeve
  • 1982: 19 baby girls named Maeve

In the ’90s, Maeve entered the top 1,000 for the first time. Irish writer Maeve Binchy may have had something to do with this — her book Circle of Friends (1990) was made into a popular movie of the same name in 1995 — but more likely the inspiration was the character Maeve on the action/adventure TV show The Adventures of Sinbad (1996-1998).

  • 1999: 343 baby girls named Maeve (ranked 669th)
  • 1998: 240 baby girls named Maeve (ranked 881st)
  • 1997: 207 baby girls named Maeve (ranked 955th)
  • 1996: 141 baby girls named Maeve
  • 1995: 133 baby girls named Maeve
  • 1994: 102 baby girls named Maeve

In 2010, 546 baby girls were named Maeve (ranking: 536th). How high do you think the name will climb?

Update: Five years on, in 2015, Maeve ranks 450th. Still climbing!